|Recycled PC: Old Computers with a New Purpose|
|Articles - Featured Guides|
|Written by Mat Thompson - Edited by Olin Coles|
|Friday, 05 June 2009|
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If there's something to pull from this article, it's that there are a lot of uses for computers beyond sitting on a desktop. While this article is hardly indicative of all the potential uses of computers, it can certainly give you a push in the right direction for finding a use for your old computers. Old computers certainly shouldn't be sent to pasture simply because they've merely been replaced. Not to mention the harmful materials in computer components make them unsuitable for disposal with the rest of your garbage.
The good news is that most tasks out there have software to facilitate the task. Thus, if you can think of a use, there's bound to be a piece of software that helps you use it that way. The other good news is that many of the uses I presented are fairly common. There are tons of different guides on how to install and set up the software mentioned in the article, especially those installed on Linux.
Finally, if you're so overwhelmed with computers that the uses above are already fulfilled and a computer is totally useless, donating your computer to a recycling center is still a better option that throwing it out. Many people in the world do not have the funds to purchase a home computer and even an old computer with a minimal amount of software installed can help a needy family. Otherwise, to simply throw out a computer is essentially a waste, and illegal in most US states.
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